The Daddy Spell, Book One of my Echo Falls series, took me ten years to write from start to finish – twelve chapters, 210 pages, 60,000 words and dozens of rewrites on its journey to publication. I had months where it wasn’t worked on as life went on around me. I was much less committed to my writing career then. After several rejections, it spent months in the bottom drawer before Kelly beat me with a stick to resurrect it – and it sold.
I started Book Two of Echo Falls, The Sweetheart Dance, on November 1, 2007 for National Novel Writing Month. The final draft was submitted to my editor on June 11, 2008—seven months, 273 pages, 14 chapters, 71,355 words, and 5 drafts. Its production was compromised by promotion for The Daddy Spell, the holidays, winter illness, and other sundry excuses. Still, seven months vs. 120 months —five thousandths of the time to create as The Daddy Spell!
Kiss Me Goodnight, Book Three of Echo Falls and Tom Applegate’s story, is in its first draft with three chapters, 13,230 words completed.
In the meantime, there are other Echo Falls stories available for free on my website – Christmas Magic and A Winter Romance. In the coming year, more Echo Falls short stories will be posted to keep everyone entertained until Tom’s story is released. Be sure to check in frequently at www.pattianncolt.com. There are plenty of extras there as well —a map of Echo Falls, community recipes, and video trailers.